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M&A activity in Ireland valued at €70.9bn in first half of 2018

The first six months of 2018 have been notably buoyant for Ireland’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market. Dealmakers were kept busy with a pipeline of transactions, in a continuation of the active market that was evident last year…

Retail Risk Report 2018: Digital disruption and regulatory changes

By Kerry Gwyther 2018 has been a particularly challenging year for retailers so far, combining tough trading conditions with digital disruption and major legal and regulatory changes. Our Retail Risk Report, now in its fourth year, is a single point of reference to help retailers understand the legal and regulatory changes taking place in 2018 […]

When can a force majeure clause in contracts be relied on?

By Tom George, Daniel Wood and Cathy Moore In times of economic and/or political uncertainty, parties to construction contracts may consider whether they have a right to rely on force majeure provisions as a justification for temporarily or permanently failing to perform substantive obligations. We review the recent decision in Seadrill Ghana Operations Ltd v Tullow Ghana […]

Blockchain roundtable: addressing the regulatory challenges of disruptive innovation

The Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) recently gathered nearly 70 global leaders in finance, law, government, academia and innovation for a special roundtable discussion that explored the challenges surrounding blockchain regulation. Usman Sheikh, Gowling WLG partner and National Head of the firm’s Blockchain & Smart Contract Group, co-led the forum with blockchain pioneer and co-founder of BRI Don Tapscott, […]

Sentencing Council publishes gross negligence manslaughter definitive sentencing guideline

The penalties imposed on individuals for fatal accidents in the workplace are set to increase after the Sentencing Council for England and Wales published its definitive sentencing guideline for gross negligence manslaughter. Walker Morris health and safety experts, Stuart Ponting and Robert Starr, consider the new guideline and the implications for employers and directors…

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Graham & James lawyer to head TJG in Bucharest

Taylor Joynson Garrett has recruited a new Bucharest office head from its US ally Graham & James. The current head, Philip Newhouse, is returning to London. He will be responsible for linking clients in Romania with London and his UK colleagues and clients with Romania. The new Bucharest head, UK corporate and commercial lawyer Michael […]

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Khan loses 12-month commission dispute

The head of Lincoln’s Inn set Chancery Chambers has won a year-long battle to obtain £18,000 in unpaid commission fees from a former tenant. The Appeal Court last week upheld a Barnet county court judgment that Mohammed Khan owed his former head of chambers Laurence St Ville 10 per cent commission on his earnings for […]

Charles Russell and IT firm launch domain name service

Elizabeth Davidson LONDON commercial practice Charles Russell has teamed up with a specialist Internet consultancy to offer its IT clients a domain name registration and search service. The service – outsourced by Charles Russell to consultancy Kiosk – is designed to help clients setting up a Web site avoid the protracted and expensive litigation associated […]

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